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Hello, my name is***** and I am happy to help you and Brin. A few questions to better assess your situation.
1. It sounds like we are still eating and drinking ok?
2. Any vomiting or diarrhea noted?
3. Your initial message indicates that this was temporary? Now we are walking normally, no limp or dragging of a foot?
4. Any known trauma? Any illness recently diagnosed by your vet?
This sounds most like arthritis, particularly in the spine or hips. I would recommend a visit with your vet this week to have a neuro exam to make sure there is no issue within the spine, then proper pain medications for arthritis can be started. Unfortunately, there are no over the counter pain medications that do not cause stomach ulcers. As long as she is continuing to eat, drink and have some mobility, I do not think you need to see the ER vet. There are obviously other, less likely potentials, which is why I recommend the hands on veterinary visit.
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Thank you for a better description! I was thinking more of acute injury to an arthritis joint (I have seen dogs with spine arthritis-discospondylosis, that have fractured one of those bridging arthritis points and they will acutely go down).
It could be an FCE (fibrocartilaginous embolism) to the spine as well. Those dogs are typically quite painful for a short period when if first occurs due to the ischemia.
Typically the pressure produced by a spinal tumor or even a brain tumor would be more consistent and not intermittent. This is where a good, hands on neuro exam by your vet would be helpful. They can assess any deficits in the cranial nerves, reflexes, proprioception deficits, spinal pain, etc.
Going along the lines of seizure, I agree with you, it too should not have been intermittent (unless you didn't see the main seizure and you were seeing a post-ictal phase). Also, stroke would be more consistent symptoms. Let me know what more I can address. Without laying hands on her, it is difficult to better assess. I do still think this sounds more orthopedic/spine, but agree that it may be more than injury to arthritis joints.
I wanted to follow up and see how Brin was doing